The Harris & Ross podiatry & chiropody department offer verruca treatment in our Wilmslow clinic. Find out more about how we approach verruca treatment below:

Verrucae are a skin infection caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are many different versions of this virus which will determine the location of the lesion and what it looks like.

The virus usually occurs via abrasions of the surface skin allowing the virus to enter. The viral cells can remain latent in cells for 8 months before becoming obvious.

  • Verrucae are fairly common, especially amongst children and we may not even realise we have one as they can be asymptomatic.
  • They will usually resolve spontaneously within months or can take up to 2 years. In some adults they can take much longer than this.

Verrucas can be spread from contaminated surfaces or through skin contact, and they are more likely to spread if the verruca is wet or the skin damaged.

Here are some key dos and don’ts if you currently have a verruca (as recommended by the NHS)


  • wash your hands after touching a verruca
  • change your socks daily if you have a verruca
  • cover verrucas with a plaster when swimming


  • do not share towels, flannels, socks or shoes if you have a verruca
  • do not walk barefoot in public places if you have a verruca

It can take months for a wart or verruca to appear after contact with the virus.

When verruca are painful it is advisable to seek treatment, and although there is no guaranteed  solution,  there are ways of making the lesion more comfortable and hopefully speeding resolution.

The main aim of treatment is to cause an inflammation in the tissue which creates an immune response within the body. This immune response should then target the virus and destroy it.

Application of acids to the verruca is the most common way of trying to achieve this. The acid used by our qualified chiropodist is significantly stronger than those you can buy over the counter from the chemist. Our chiropodist also files away the hard skin which often builds up around the verruca, and often just by doing this the area  becomes more comfortable.

Do you need verruca treatment?

To book an initial chiropody assessment (which will also involve treatment of your verruca) with our podiatrist Oliver Taylor at Harris & Ross Wilmslow contact Harris & Ross on 0161 832 9000.